Our flexible working practices and policies provide an opportunity for employees to effectively integrate their working lives and career development with other responsibilities and activities, maintaining a positive balance between work and non-work commitments.In addition to formal flexible arrangements we promote and encourage the use of informal smart working, which allows individuals to work without the constraints of formal arrangements, developing a culture of trust and respect. Our extensive range of inclusive working policies and practices include:
Enhanced Leave and Pay for Parents
Enhanced leave, pay and childcare provisions are available for parents. In 2015 we launched our new Policy on Shared Parental Leave, offering employees matching enhanced leave and pay to those of our maternity provisions.
Special leave and wellbeing support is available to employees with caring responsibilities. In addition to our paid dependency leave, our caring break policy means that employees can take a period of leave for up to 6 months for caring responsibilities
For employees who want to take a period of time away from work to pursue personal development to enhance their career opportunities, the Company offers development breaks of up to 6 months.
Wellbeing at Work is an important part of what we do. Our approach is to encourage employees to have a positive attitude via our Health and Wellbeing Programme which offers a wide range of support and advice on physical and mental wellbeing.
The Employee Assistance Service provides confidential help, advice and support in a range of ways to employees who may be experiencing issues either at work or at home. This includes telephone support 365 days a year 24hours a day. The support can be provided by telephone, in writing, on-line or through face to face appointments.